Anton Xavier - Global Business Development Officer (co-founder)
With experience in management, operations and marketing, Anton led the FoodEssentials team from its inception in Australia and subsequent move to the US, to its current position as a leader in this niche industry. Completing postgraduate degrees in Australia, Anton gained invaluable management and marketing experience working with a variety of firms in Asia.
Dheeraj Patri - CEO (co-founder)
A serial entrepreneur, Dheeraj joined the FoodEssentials team in February 2008. He was integral in moving operations from Australia to the U.S. With a strong technical and project management background, Dheeraj has led teams within Fortune 500 companies as well as his own start-up enterprises.
Dagan Xavier - Chief Data Officer (co-founder)
With a background in nutrition, Dagan is central to the development and ongoing evolution of the FoodEssentials database assets. Managing a team of dietitians and researchers, Dagan is constantly looking for innovative solutions to enable the scaling of our data services.
Ronak Sheth - Chief Product Officer
Ronak brings over a decade of experience in software applications, consulting, technology, manufacturing, and sales. He has helped drive strategic initiatives for global companies including Diageo, Heinz, Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, Clorox, and Jaguar across Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, India, China, Europe, and North America. Ronak earned a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.
John Leighton - VP, Engineering
John brings 25+ years of experience in HPC and data delivery systems and claims that he’s never met a ‘big data’ problem he couldn’t take to the next level of performance. Most recently John served as Director of Software Development for Reuters America where he worked on client data delivery systems that enabled other news and financial service companies to deliver real time news and financial information to their customers. He also helped facilitate the development and infrastructure design of the fifth largest news and financial website in the world.
Annie Geile - VP, Data
Annie brings to FoodEssentials her near 20 years of managing global teams, data, and processes. Previously she worked for St. Louis based Sigma-Aldrich, a Life Science and High Technology company that operates in 37 countries. Annie earned a Degree in Chemistry from Bradley University and an MBA from Fontbonne University. As a board member of the Friends of St. Louis Children’s Hospital Board, she’s worked to progress the goals of the greater community and is excited for the chance to play a part in enabling people to make better food choices.
Dan Lutger - Design Manager
Dan brings an artistic eye to a palette of data. He has been designing user interfaces and websites since the Mosiac browser and has 20 years of experience helping companies from start-ups to Fortune 500s organize information with style.
Lara Lewis - Data Collection & Digitization Admin
Lara has known since the age of 12 that she wanted to work in the food industry. Currently pursuing a degree in nutrition and dietetics, she would like to work in the field of infant and toddler nutrition. Lara is excited to be helping make food label data more accessible to everyone.
Tyler Trollinger - Technology Administrator
Tyler is a talented technology all rounder, combining broad technology knowledge with natural project management and leadership skills to help administer and the technology systems, processes building efficiencies and accountability in to the system.
Peter Esparrago - Cultivation Capital
Peter is a General Partner at Cultivation Capital. Peter has over 25 years of global technology leadership experience in a wide variety of industries. He is Managing Partner at Growspar, a technology growth catalyst firm. Peter was CEO of IntraISP, a global BSS/OSS Software-as-a-Service company, in which he grew and sold twice (to Clearwire and Amdocs). He was President of two information security companies, Cigital and Mycroft. He was President of River City Internet Group, a holding company for various businesses (data centers, network management, ISP, WISP, SaaS, cloud storage). Peter was COO of Ariel Research, a global leader in EH&S content and software. As COO, he helped grow and sell the company to 3E. Peter also spent 16 years at Accenture, where he was a Partner and left after the IPO. Peter has an MBA in Finance from Rockhurst University, and a BS in Chemical Engineering from University of Missouri.
Shane Scott - Advisor
Shane brings industry experience to the team and is an entrepreneurial senior executive with a rock solid reputation for building high performance and process driven organizations focusing on meeting global clients’ unmet needs. His focus and strength is Global Strategic Account Management and working with business leaders across various service offerings to develop new collaborative solutions for clients. Shane’s past firm has approximately 14,000 employees world-wide and $2B in sales with a portfolio of businesses in areas of Clinical (CRO), Commercial, and Consulting.